One of the greatest basketball duos of all time is Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, who achieved a three-peat in the early 2000s. Even though they did have some problems off the court, there is no denying that they were a great fit on the basketball court.
Shaquille O’Neal was among the millions who mourned Kobe Bryant after his terrible death in 2020. O’Neal recently acknowledged that he wishes he had called Kobe Bryant before his passing. David Walters of People reported the information.
Shaquille O’Neal regrets not calling Kobe Bryant
“You put off [getting in touch]. I’ll never get to see Kobe again, in real life, forever. And I just should have called. He should have called. We both should have called. But he’s working, I’m working, so it’s ‘I’ll see you when I see you,'” Shaq said.
“[I thought], ‘We’re both going to get old. We’ll both be at the 50-year Lakers anniversary.’ Other things shouldn’t have been more important [than getting in touch], but little things [got in the way]. Call your mom. Call your brother. Call the homeboy you used to party with in college. Forever is a long time,” he said.
Shaquille O’Neal’s advice to others who feel “disconnected from friends and loved ones” is clear evidence that he wants people to not make the same mistake he did by failing to contact Kobe Bryant. It is preferable for people to simply get in touch with one another than to later regret it. Reestablishing contact with estranged family members and friends is crucial because you never know what will happen in the future.
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) November 22, 2022
Shaq claims no player duo will be the next Shaq and Kobe
Undoubtedly, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant created an unbelievable legacy on the court because it is extremely difficult for most players and teams to complete a three-peat. In fact, Shaquille O’Neal has asserted in the past that no team will be able to replicate or emulate that heritage.
“There will never be the next [Shaq and Kobe]. We don’t need them to catch up to us. Kobe and myself were not trying to catch Magic [Johnson] and Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] … Kobe and I, [our] legacy will never be duplicated. Or imitated,” Shaq said.
In the modern NBA, it is difficult to imagine any pair pulling off a three-peat, and it’s possible that another three-peat won’t occur for some time. This achievement has not been accomplished by the Golden State Warriors dynasty, though they have a chance to three-peat if they win the 2023 and 2024 titles.
Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers will always have great memories of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Both players are regarded as legends by the franchise and the fans because of their amazing time spent with the Los Angeles Lakers.